Osteopathy and Children

The calm and soothing approach of Osteopathy makes it especially suitable for treating children, including new-born infants. Children may develop structural problems from a variety of causes including –

  • Difficulties during pregnancy or birth
  • Childhood accidents and falls
  • Infections or inflammatory conditions
  • Genetic disorders

Osteopathic principles, care and treatment can assist in a wide variety of conditions, either solely, or alongside other disciplines.

Structural problems, such as those affecting the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework, can lead to a range of problems. These may include –

  • Postural – such as scoliosis
  • Respiratory – such as asthma
  • Manifestations of brain injury – such as cerebral palsy and spasticity
  • Developmental – with delayed physical or intellectual progress, perhaps triggering learning or behaviour difficulties
  • Infections – such as ear and throat infections or urinary disturbances, which may be recurrent

Osteopathy can assist in the prevention of health problems, helping children to make a smooth transition into normal, healthy adult life.

Osteopaths care for the child as a whole person. This holistic approach encompasses all functions and influences including the body, emotions, mind and spirit.

Before any treatment is begun, the Osteopath prepares a comprehensive care history and completes an examination of the child, including medical tests, therefore thereby determining if osteopathic treatment is appropriate or if there is need for referral.

Using the skills placatory, the Osteopath can gently identify where the child’s structure has been disturbed.

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